Our second hike on the North Shore this weekend. We started along the popular snowshoe trail to Hollyburn Mnt. from the cross-country ski area. After a short break on the summit, we left the crowds of people behind and started descending into the basin between Hollyburn and Strachan. The descent was steep but not treacherous in the good quality snow except for a short traverse section. We came across multiple ski and a couple of old snowshoe tracks, all going in different directions. The route past Hollyburn to Strachan is rarely visited in winter; it is steep and requires route-finding skills and ability to recognize avalanche terrain.
On your way up, avoid going into the ski area, as the boundary rope changes to a plastic net to keep the skiers and boarders out of the backcountry. A short break on the South summit, and we descend and then climb up to the North summit, accompanied by rare snowflakes.
Up the South peak again, then a descent via ski runs to the lodge for a hot coffee and a snack, and a trek back to the car along the roadside. Cumulative elevation gain for this hike is 960 m.